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It's gone!

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More fail

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I don't need an Introduction...

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My Story

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The bank Job

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Silly Introductions

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My mind is my sanctuary

Posted by Nick on April 8, 2015 at 5:27am 2 Comments

did dd bd

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Treatment week 6, back on track

Posted by Ivy White on April 2, 2015 at 2:39am 0 Comments

MC Characters

Posted by Tuxedo Knux on April 1, 2015 at 9:18pm 4 Comments

Folklore in My Day Dreams

Posted by Richard Quest on April 1, 2015 at 6:57pm 3 Comments


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Ivy White replied to Roel Van Rossen's discussion Give me some motivation!
"I find that the "talking" kind of radio stops me from daydreaming pretty well (means I listen to lots of Radio1 and RadioTwee, Roel. Also Klara because I can't DD on classical music). I don't listen to the radio or the voices…"
3 hours ago
Ivy White replied to Yanne's discussion Does understanding that you have Maladaptive Daydreaming effect your DDs?
"I do that too. I give myself excellent advice when I'm not really myself. If that makes sense. "
3 hours ago
Ivy White replied to Kay M's discussion My daydream characters have such messed up lives!
"I tend to lie in bed but I make the facial expressions and I mutter dialogues somewhat. Unless I'm sleeping next to someone, then I can totally turn off the mimicking and just lie still, as if I was asleep.  "
3 hours ago
Ivy White replied to Yanne's discussion Do your "nighttime" dreams affect your MD daydreams?
"For me it seems to go the other way, my daydream characters end up in my night time dreams. Though it is rare."
3 hours ago
Ivy White replied to M's discussion Should we let MD affect our day to day life?
"When I talked about my maladaptive daydreaming to a friend I got what made us different from "normal" people. I had described how I would close my eyes and see everything as if it were real, the huge buildings, the churches, the…"
4 hours ago
Ivy White commented on Richard Quest's blog post Strong Characters in my Daydreams
"If I made a list of my alter-ego's an their partners you would see something similar I guess. Sometimes I think we express a form of blueprint for love by casting it into our characters, an archetype or animus/anima if you're into jungian…"
4 hours ago
Ivy White commented on Iris's blog post It's gone!
"Well keep us posted in any case, it helps to know one can get there. I think personally I'm not ready to give it up just yet."
4 hours ago
Roel Van Rossen replied to Yanne's discussion Have any of your private DDs turned in to real life movies in Hollywood?
"I have had it too that I dreamed of things, and then found out it already exists, or it just comes to existance.I thought that a man with electric powers was creative. It was not XD. I felt very weird playing infamous. But it was not all the same.…"
4 hours ago
Richard Quest posted a blog post

Strong Characters in my Daydreams

The strongest of my main characters in my day dreams are usually women. I don't know why but it may stem from the fact that most of them came from dreams of my old real life crushes. In each and every one of them I wanted to see a strong and down to earth personality, so I copied it to my day dream world. The looks and some personality traits stuck while names and back stories were changed drastically. In the end, the final product was almost always a distorted image of an ideal crush for me. A…See More
9 hours ago
Emma replied to M's discussion Should we let MD affect our day to day life?
"Yes all this sounds true to me.  Before my MDDing was so bad, I used to think about all sorts of things- what I was reading, my future plans, some problem or another I was working on, creative ideas I had, etc.  Sometimes little…"
10 hours ago
Emma replied to Yanne's discussion Have any of your private DDs turned in to real life movies in Hollywood?
"Well thing is, we're all living at the same time, and most of us are in the English speaking world so we have lots of media consumption and story telling and nursery stories and values/fears, etc that are the same.  So it's totally…"
11 hours ago
Richard Quest replied to Yanne's discussion Have any of your private DDs turned in to real life movies in Hollywood?
"Oh my god. This happens to me so often! My daydream is kind of complex, but the original premise of a disease wiping out all adultkind, leaving the kids to rule the world, is pretty common. (which I thought was revolutionary in first grade). The…"
11 hours ago
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Richard Quest commented on M's blog post Daydreaming about your crush Vs Reality about your crush
"Literally my entire day dream centers around my former crushes. (this may by why the amount of strong, independent, and important female characters is staggering compared to other works of fiction). Every single one of the crushes has something in…"
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Daydreamers welcome

Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.

For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.

This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.

I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.

This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.

One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.


Give me some motivation!

Started by Roel Van Rossen. Last reply by Ivy White 3 hours ago. 7 Replies

I need to work. I am not working. I am dreaming.So yeah...I was wondering if anyone has any motivational words to say that could get me to do what I need to do, or if anyone has any advice for putting oneself back on track. What do you do to stop…Continue

Tags: procrastination, motivation, homework, work

Does understanding that you have Maladaptive Daydreaming effect your DDs?

Started by Yanne. Last reply by Ivy White 3 hours ago. 10 Replies

It took me almost my whole life to find out that this is the condition I've been living with.  Now that I know this, I feel sometimes like the very one thing I both cherished and feared is sort of lost because I now know there is a name for it.Has…Continue

My daydream characters have such messed up lives!

Started by Kay M. Last reply by Ivy White 3 hours ago. 16 Replies

Anyone else have a totally normal life with not much in the way of bad things happening to them, but have characters who have been through the most unbelievably awful things that can happen to a person?Except for my alter ego, who has the same…Continue

Do your "nighttime" dreams affect your MD daydreams?

Started by Yanne. Last reply by Ivy White 3 hours ago. 7 Replies

Looking back on it, I have had some sessions become more brilliant based on actual dreams I've had at nighttime.  For example, I dreamt of a famous drummer in a very well-known rock band, and when I woke up I was so laden with emotions that I began…Continue

Should we let MD affect our day to day life?

Started by M. Last reply by Ivy White 4 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hello everyone, I've been a daydream since a long time, the most i could remember is when i was 6 years old, i used to daydream about my favorite cartoon characters, i maybe a dreamer even before the age of 6 but i don't remember that. Now…Continue

Have any of your private DDs turned in to real life movies in Hollywood?

Started by Yanne. Last reply by Roel Van Rossen 4 hours ago. 4 Replies

I've heard this was described as cross creativity.  Have you ever daydreamed a plot so vividly that it had inadvertently become the same plot or part of a plot in a film or television show after you've daydreamed it?I had this happen a couple of…Continue


Started by Oxalis Wood. Last reply by Roel Van Rossen 21 hours ago. 12 Replies

I'm wondering whether others here think they may have Aspergers syndrome? I have identified some Aspie traits in me and i'm thinking of getting a diagnosis. There's been some discussion of daydreaming on the wrong planet website (Aspergers…Continue

Why can't I dream about my crush?

Started by Yanne. Last reply by Yanne yesterday. 18 Replies

In light of my last discussion about nighttime dreams, I am wondering this - if anyone knows:Why can I not dream about my MD daydreaming crush?It seems that when you have nighttime dreams, they are usually brought on by situations that are…Continue

Do you actually reject anyone from your daydreams?

Started by Yanne. Last reply by Cruel Ella on Sunday. 6 Replies

Do you find that there is someone, or some people you absolutely refuse to be part of your daydreams?  For me, it's both of my parents and my brother.  I cannot stand the thought of including them in my world, so I make a point of blocking them and…Continue

Different Strokes

Started by Canna. Last reply by Ivy White on Saturday. 4 Replies

Hey people!So I've noticed MD groups and forums have individuals daydreaming in different ways. Some DD about an idealized self, others have created fictional characters.It's my current understanding MD is a disorder that is usually co morbid with…Continue


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    Out Of My Mind (article I wrote on MD)

    This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.  

    Out of My Mind…


    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010 at 7:36pm. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010.

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    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010 at 11:14am. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010.


    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.


    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.



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